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When a bizarre string of locked-room murders terrorize New York, the police have no leads, no suspects, and only one place to turn. Now private detective Alex Lockerby will need every magical trick in his book to catch a killer who can walk through walls and leaves no trace. Unfortunately Alex's magic hasn't been working very well.  He can't even manage to track down seve When a bizarre string of locked-room murders terrorize New York, the police have no leads, no suspects, and only one place to turn. Now private detective Alex Lockerby will need every magical trick in his book to catch a killer who can walk through walls and leaves no trace. Unfortunately Alex's magic hasn't been working very well.  He can't even manage to track down several truckloads of stolen goods, including one belonging to New York's preeminent sorcerer, Andrew Barton. To make matters worse, Alex and his clients are being stalked by a shadowy cabal with strange powers that Alex has never seen before.  With the Ghost killer seemingly able to murder at will and the tabloids, the public, and Alex’s clients demanding results, Alex will need a miracle to keep himself, his clients, and his reputation alive. Download Ghost of a Chance today.


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When a bizarre string of locked-room murders terrorize New York, the police have no leads, no suspects, and only one place to turn. Now private detective Alex Lockerby will need every magical trick in his book to catch a killer who can walk through walls and leaves no trace. Unfortunately Alex's magic hasn't been working very well.  He can't even manage to track down seve When a bizarre string of locked-room murders terrorize New York, the police have no leads, no suspects, and only one place to turn. Now private detective Alex Lockerby will need every magical trick in his book to catch a killer who can walk through walls and leaves no trace. Unfortunately Alex's magic hasn't been working very well.  He can't even manage to track down several truckloads of stolen goods, including one belonging to New York's preeminent sorcerer, Andrew Barton. To make matters worse, Alex and his clients are being stalked by a shadowy cabal with strange powers that Alex has never seen before.  With the Ghost killer seemingly able to murder at will and the tabloids, the public, and Alex’s clients demanding results, Alex will need a miracle to keep himself, his clients, and his reputation alive. Download Ghost of a Chance today.

30 review for Ghost of a Chance

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    Recommended It was interesting seeing the consequences of the previous book play out here. Lots of action and mystery as well as hints of future plot developments. Nice.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kragthang

    Great sequel! All good things come in threes. Again Alex is saddled with three cases. Two are high profile cases and one is a missing person case. Later on, his friend Danny asks him for help with one of his cases and it soon is clear that case is connected to one of Alex's. Turns out the missing person case is also connected. This time Alex seems to struggle quite a bit. Money is short, his magic seems to fail him, and he is struggling with the physical consequences from using a lot of his power Great sequel! All good things come in threes. Again Alex is saddled with three cases. Two are high profile cases and one is a missing person case. Later on, his friend Danny asks him for help with one of his cases and it soon is clear that case is connected to one of Alex's. Turns out the missing person case is also connected. This time Alex seems to struggle quite a bit. Money is short, his magic seems to fail him, and he is struggling with the physical consequences from using a lot of his power in the last book. He falls back on his skills as a detective and it works out fine for him. I couldn't put the book down. It was quite a ride. I enjoyed the introduction of new characters, the mystery of an unknown runewright school, and the not quite introduction of a character of considerable power who will probably play a role in the future. And though I was suspecting something was off with one particular person, it turned out the person was involved, just not the way I thought. So, Alex was always one step ahead of me and the book stayed suspenseful until the end. There were a few odd sentences and the reading felt rough here and there, so I'll go with 4/5 stars.

  3. 4 out of 5

    David St. Lawrence

    A good read! A 30s detective story with rune magic and interesting characters! The writing is well crafted with only a few errors. One more pass by a proof reader and the errors should be handled.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Eakman

    Runes Rock! Had fun with Alex and his adventures as a 1930’s era gumshoe. Can’t wait for the next installment this July.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brice Ligget

    Another great book This is an author to watch. Great characters, great world, great story lines. You will not be disappointed. Thanks Dan!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    Great series so far A fun read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The character development was great and the plot was fun to follow. I hope to see more in the future.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Robert Berg

    Great paranormal vintage mystery Very absorbing mystery! I couldn’t put it down. It had a great plot and vintage feel. Really caught the favor of the Thirties with a paranormal twist.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Fun Urban fantasy noir I enjoyed Dan's latest entry in the arcane. The action was tight, the characters were funny, and the plot twisted delightfully. While i still have some problems with the main character still somehow packing for money given his powers, the fact that he faced some real consequences from his last caper brought a sense of realism and struggle. I enjoyed how he grew from that. Fun Urban fantasy noir I enjoyed Dan's latest entry in the arcane. The action was tight, the characters were funny, and the plot twisted delightfully. While i still have some problems with the main character still somehow packing for money given his powers, the fact that he faced some real consequences from his last caper brought a sense of realism and struggle. I enjoyed how he grew from that.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer L. Sherwood

    Good read that moves along well This is the second book in the series and it is a good read. A love interest was introduced with a possible second interest in the background. Subplots maintain your interest. Overall good entertainment.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sally Bishop

    Intriguing While his life force may have become closer to running out our scribbler continues to do what is right even if he doesn't get paid. How do you solve serial crimes that have no links? Love the problems and the unique setting of this series. Intriguing While his life force may have become closer to running out our scribbler continues to do what is right even if he doesn't get paid. How do you solve serial crimes that have no links? Love the problems and the unique setting of this series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ray Ritchey

    Urban Fantasy 1920’s Great read and takes elements of noire, with a Dashiell Hammet type detective, in a world with some public magic. Magic system is logical and well thought out, with how it works with technology.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ami

    I read the first book, In Plain Sight, in 2018 so I didn't remember much. However, I was still in urban fantasy mood and when I browsed my book collection, I saw that I owned this one (probably got it immediately after finishing book #1 but then distracted by other titles) and thought, "Hey, this looks good". It was easy to get immerse into the alternate universe 1930s Manhattan that Willis created; it's basically Manhattan with magic. Alex Lockerby is a private detective with specialty to find f I read the first book, In Plain Sight, in 2018 so I didn't remember much. However, I was still in urban fantasy mood and when I browsed my book collection, I saw that I owned this one (probably got it immediately after finishing book #1 but then distracted by other titles) and thought, "Hey, this looks good". It was easy to get immerse into the alternate universe 1930s Manhattan that Willis created; it's basically Manhattan with magic. Alex Lockerby is a private detective with specialty to find for missing things (including person). He's also the protégé of Dr. Iggy Bell (whom in our world previously more famous as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle). In Ghost of a Chance , Alex is tasked with several cases at once, but apparently all connected. He is trying to find a missing husband, he's trying to find a missing traction motor, while also cracking a mystery of ghost killer Alex is a likable character for me. He's not a pompous man, he's never try to stir trouble, he doesn't deliberately belittle or make enemies of police department... in fact, one of Alex's good friend is a cop. And even though Alex has magic, he does good ol' investigating to solve these cases! That's always a good point in my book. Notable secondary characters include the aforementioned Iggy Bell, Alex's cop friend Danny Pak, and Alex's ever awesome secretary Leslie Tompkins. Leslie is NOT Alex's paramour though, she's more like his sister even if she also "handles" Alex especially in terms of finance *laugh* Now that I have my eyes on this series again, I think I'll try to catch up. Apparently there are three more books that already been released!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    Very good novel This was just as good as the first in the series. One of the characters is the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories in this alternate reality. I recently re-read a lot of the Holmes saga and this series does a much better job of establishing and solving multiple mysteries per volume. The characters are well fleshed and the dialogue is neat. The background universe is well thought out and described. This is a nice alternate reality, nicely written. The action moves at the noir pace Very good novel This was just as good as the first in the series. One of the characters is the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories in this alternate reality. I recently re-read a lot of the Holmes saga and this series does a much better job of establishing and solving multiple mysteries per volume. The characters are well fleshed and the dialogue is neat. The background universe is well thought out and described. This is a nice alternate reality, nicely written. The action moves at the noir pace and reflects the society perfectly. This is a good series for mystery fans, alternate reality fans, magical world fans. I'm looking forward to the next volume.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tim Gordon

    Fun whodunit in the vein of Dresden Files When I started this series (as part of a Larry Correa book bomb) my first thought was that it's a Dresden Files knockoff. Then the more I thought about it, I realized that wasn't a bad thing. The word and plot have enough of their own intricacies that it stays fresh and fun. Even if the character seems to be a bit close to the Jim Butcher model. Also, I like supporting indie authors. Some of that shows through with the extra typo here and there and a few se Fun whodunit in the vein of Dresden Files When I started this series (as part of a Larry Correa book bomb) my first thought was that it's a Dresden Files knockoff. Then the more I thought about it, I realized that wasn't a bad thing. The word and plot have enough of their own intricacies that it stays fresh and fun. Even if the character seems to be a bit close to the Jim Butcher model. Also, I like supporting indie authors. Some of that shows through with the extra typo here and there and a few sentences that probably should have been rewritten, but the book was much more polished than many that I've read. Worth the price of admission and an afternoon read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Phillip

    Awesome sequel! This was just as good as the first one and I'm already eagerly awaiting the next! I can't get enough of the magic system and I'm definitely a lot more interested in the possibilities of alchemy. This series has some amazing potential and I can't wait for the next one. Awesome sequel! This was just as good as the first one and I'm already eagerly awaiting the next! I can't get enough of the magic system and I'm definitely a lot more interested in the possibilities of alchemy. This series has some amazing potential and I can't wait for the next one.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Monica English

    Thank you, Dan Willis! Everything about the novels in this series is unique. Just the fact that the main characters weren't idiotic adolescents was enough to get me on the hook! Good plots, well fleshed out characters, a bit of steam punk and you have one enjoyable read. I can't wait for #3. Thank you, Dan Willis! Everything about the novels in this series is unique. Just the fact that the main characters weren't idiotic adolescents was enough to get me on the hook! Good plots, well fleshed out characters, a bit of steam punk and you have one enjoyable read. I can't wait for #3.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bill Penberthy

    A good sequel in the series that takes place about a year after the events of the first book. It continues and expands on consequences from an event in the first book well. There were some mistyped words here and there but nothing that takes you out of the moment. It was a good book that kept me engaged all the way through. (One of the main reasons I read it all in one day)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Leigh W

    Book 2 is better than the first book - great writing, great plot and characters - I am really enjoying series. Finished this one and just downloaded book 3! This book continues building the readers relationship with Alex and his cast of regular characters as well as introducing more new characters... great stuff!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Paul Green

    Fantastic Urban Fantasy Gumshoe Adventure. Perfectly paced with old school sleuthing mixed with hard boiled action set in a wonderfully imagined fantasy noir New York. This second book in the series is a perfect follow up to the first, delivering the same sort of intriguing mystery that challenges the reader and keeps them turning pages.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jay Lamborn

    Even more fun than the 1st in the series Fabulous fun. Entertaining twists. Marvelous mysteries. Dan wove a fantastic tale that was even more fun than the book preceding it. Go on, do yourself a favor and buy this.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Great Follow up Sam Spade meets Dr Strange. A suspenseful and tricky whodunit with a splash of magic thrown in. Classy dames, Hardbitten flatfoots and down on their luck private dics. Love it!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Harold Reavley

    Enjoyable read Characters are good,and likeable. Very noir, with magic. All the tropes of noir detective, so the story has a nice comfortable feel. Twists are good as well. Will continue to read this series as well as anything else the author writes.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Karen Merten

    The Adventure Continues Ok,this story is fabulous!! The main character is on top of his game and the supporting players just complete him and flesh out the whole experience. I have been super impressed with the story and am getting ready for part three!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Robin Siota Breeding

    What a great read! I thoroughly enjoyed this second book in the series. The characters were great. Not very often you actually end up liking the villain! There was a lot of suspense and action in this story. I look forward to the next book in the series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dick SantaCruz

    Great Series I've read two books so far. The pages just suck you in to the story. Very creative with lots of twists. The action keeps you on the edge of your seat. Characters are interesting. Great Series I've read two books so far. The pages just suck you in to the story. Very creative with lots of twists. The action keeps you on the edge of your seat. Characters are interesting.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Margaret H

    I’m really enjoying this series. Some cozy mysteries I can skip the whole middle and still know what’s going on. These books have layers of mysteries so it’s fun to read. The characters make it interesting as well.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Russell

    Highly derivative of Jim Butcher's Dresden series, but I suppose that's why I'm enjoying it. It's Dresden but a few decades earlier, so it's not original in its scope, but as I thoroughly enjoy the Dresden novels, I enjoyed this. Highly derivative of Jim Butcher's Dresden series, but I suppose that's why I'm enjoying it. It's Dresden but a few decades earlier, so it's not original in its scope, but as I thoroughly enjoy the Dresden novels, I enjoyed this.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Random McNally

    A urban fantasy series that satisfies This series is a great mix of magic and mystery with a splash of steam punk. I took off one star because there were several typos and those throw me off while I'm reading. A urban fantasy series that satisfies This series is a great mix of magic and mystery with a splash of steam punk. I took off one star because there were several typos and those throw me off while I'm reading.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Selena

    Wow, just wow Great characters, excellent story with a great pace. Just so good. Did need a touch more editing with a few typos, but an excellent read all around!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    I really enjoyed reading Ghost of a Chance. Stylistically thoroughly steampunk and a good story with enough moving parts to keep your engaged.

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